Magazine article VFW Magazine

Backing the Troops

Magazine article VFW Magazine

Backing the Troops

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Once again, uniformed Americans are being placed in harm's way. Today, they are flying bombing missions over Serbia from bases in the U.S., England and Italy; launching strikes from aircraft carriers in the Adriatic Sea; and supporting operations on the ground in Macedonia and Albania. And their numbers could soon multiply.

No matter what VFW's stance is on an Administration's policy pertaining to an overseas military operation, as an organization we are undivided in our support of those carrying out these missions. On four other major occasions-Persian Gulf, Somalia, Haiti and Bosnia-during the 1990s, U.S. troops found themselves engaged in actual fighting or put in hostile situations. In every instance, VFW offered unqualified backing.

Fortunately, hostilities were short-lived in these operations yet those involved could always count on VFW members rallying behind them. After all, we have all been there, too. VFW members know from firsthand experience the importance of boosting morale in times of military crisis.

What can you do? The experiences in previous wars provide a wealth of ideas. This is what the VFW and its Ladies Auxiliary have done in the past.

Blood drives were a primary means of aiding the men in the field during the Korean War. VFW Posts nationwide held local drives, and the Ladies Auxiliary assisted in countless other ways. Vietnam witnessed package sendoffs, fund-raisers and support parades. In 1969, VFW even created a special key chain medallion imprinted with "Welcome Home, Your Country is Grateful" for distribution to returning veterans. …

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